Bujari gamarruwa, good day in Gadigal language, tēnā koutou katoa, greetings from Aotearoa, New Zealand, and a warm welcome to the UTS Genetic Counselling Community.
UTS Genetic Counselling was established in early 2018 to help meet the growing need for health professionals with well-developed communication skills, a sound understanding of genetics and genomics, and an evidence-based approach to healthcare delivery.
Within the Discipline of Genetic Counselling at UTS, we consider genetic counselling as practiced by genetic counsellors to be ‘a psycho-educational process that is embedded within a therapeutic relationship’ (Jehannine Austin, Semaka, & Hadjipavlou, 2014). It is our view that genetic counselling should be client-centred, with the goals of empowering the individual, fostering autonomy and promoting competency.
We consider that genetic counsellors have a responsibility to educate, facilitate and support other health professionals with communication about genetics and genomics.
At the Graduate School of Health (GSH), we work alongside other allied health disciplines providing exciting opportunities for interprofessional education and research.
The UTS Genetic Counselling Community discussion page is a place where you can connect with students across both years of the program.
We use the Canvas community site to send announcements that are about the program, and we will also use it to share news about the profession and job vacancies that we are asked to share.
We are looking forward to working with you all this year.